BEHOLD! The Impossible Burger from Impossible Foods. This burger is specifically designed to “bleed” like real meat and has only been debuted at a couple of locations in California and New York, and now on the Las Vegas strip at Andrea’s at the Wynn!
According to their website, the burger is made from “simple, all-natural ingredients such as wheat, coconut oil, and potatoes. What makes the Impossible Burger unlike all others is an ingredient called heme. Heme is a basic building block of life on Earth, including plants, but it’s uniquely abundant in meat. We discovered that heme is what makes meat smell, sizzle, bleed, and taste gloriously meaty. Consider it the “magic ingredient” that makes our burger a carnivore’s dream.”
The best part about vegan food is that no animals are senselessly killed, it’s way better for the environment and our health! “The Impossible Burger uses a fraction of the Earth’s natural resources. Compared to cows, the Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions. And it’s 100% free of hormones, antibiotics, and artificial ingredients.”
When we arrived, the waitress asked us quite a few questions about how long we had been vegan, in order to prepare us for the “meat” we were ordering. She said that many of the staff are vegetarians and were “turned off” by how real the meat tasted, smelled, & the texture. It has been so long for both of us, Hayden 7 years and Aaron 3 years, since we had meat from an animal, that we weren’t sure we would be able to compare it to the real thing. After having recently eaten a ton of the Beyond Burger, which is also very close to real tasting meat, we obviously continued on.
The fantastic Executive Chef, Joseph Elevado, prepared the burger 3 ways:
- Sliders: 3 sizzling sliders with frisee, kimchee, pickles, kalbi sauce, & kochujang aioli
- Thai crispy cups: mint, cilantro, chili onion, ginger, & peanuts
- Ma Po Tofu: meatballs, chili paste, shiitake mushrooms, & green onions
Unfortunately, we only ordered 2 of them, instead of all 3. We got the sliders and the Ma Po Tofu.
We first received a small amuse-bouche with heirloom tomatoes, garlic chips, topped with cucumber gazpacho. It was so teeny tiny and packed with great flavor. Who knew tiny food could be so fun!
The sliders came out next and they were decent sized. When we bit into the burger, we were both really impressed. Trying to take it all in, there were so many amazing flavors, but also trying to hone in on the burger to see what we thought about it. First, I will say, that we LOVED them and everything going on. The sauce was delicious, the kimchee added great flavor, the frisee kept them light, and the pickles/ cucumbers helped provide a great crunch. The burger itself was a little tough, I’d say it came out “medium” in terms of rarity; it didn’t ‘bleed’ when we bit into it. The burger was crispy on the outside with a little char, but wasn’t too juicy on the inside, as it probably dried up a bit on the grill. It was absolutely delicious and would definitely order this again.
Next up were the meatballs. It came out to the table with 3 large Impossible Burger meatballs in a bowl. The server then poured the tofu and broth on top of the meatballs and left us to enjoy! The meatball was SO tender and basically melted in your mouth. They were even a little pink on the inside- yay it bleeds! The broth, tofu, and mushrooms rounded out the meal really well. Overall, absolutely fantastic.
For those that don’t know, the Wynn/ Encore hotel restaurants ALL have a vegan menu! Which is seriously so amazing and we have tried (almost) all of them. Usually, the vegan menu is separate or is listed on its own page at the back of the menu. I found it interesting that the Impossible Burger on the menu at Andrea’s was listed RIGHT in the middle of the meat section, under foie gras. Obviously, it is very unfortunate that restaurants are still serving foie gras in this day and age, especially since it’s one of the cruelest foods one could eat. Anyway, back to the menu, the burger didn’t even have an asterisk or any indication that the meal was vegan. There were also a couple Gardein items listed throughout the regular/ meat section of the menu. I think that is a great way for people who are not vegan to actually end up ordering something plant-based. It takes away the stigma of “vegan food” and places it on a menu next to people’s favorite meals.
The future of meat is VEGAN! Even huge companies are backing a plant-based diet, including Bill Gates and Google Ventures, who are both investors in the Impossible Burger. So far, the burger is only in California, New York, and now Las Vegas. Click HERE for a list of all the restaurants that are featuring the Impossible Burger.
Check this burger out- it’s the future of food!
Location: 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (In the Encore hotel)
Cuisine: Asian Inspired
Vegan options: Some vegan options
Dress code: Casual elegant